Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 1 p.m. Monday

Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his live chat at 1 p.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to Monday’s 1 p.m. live chat.

    Nogowski, like Voit, was not going to start ahead of Goldschmidt. If you would like to make that argument that they should have then I'm all ears about how the Cardinals should trade Goldschmidt because there's no reason to have one of the better all-around first baseman in the majors and one of the most durable players in the game and not play him. Candidly, I don't know of a team that would start either of those players ahead of Goldschmidt if they had the choice. Think about it that way. If you were the Padres and had all three players, who starts at first. If you were the Yankees or Red Sox or Cubs and had all three players, who starts at first. 
    It's great that Nogowski is getting a chance. It's noteworthy that not too long ago the Cardinals felt he was the better option for their bench than a reunion with Albert Pujols. But neither of them was going to start at first base for the Cardinals.
    And the coaching staff's opinion of playing him in the outfield was clear in their actions.
    Thanks for these chats.

    I think each of these moves the scales on what the Cards are missing, added they all have control beyond this year so prospect loss could be mitigated and minimize moves needed to be made in a potentially tumultuous offseason

    Merrill Kelly + DPeralta
    Gibson + Gallo
    Berrios + Kepler
    BKeller + Merrifield

    Can we pull any of these off without dealing Gorman/Libertore/Hererra/Walker?
    Thoughts?
    Would be tough to make that move with Texas without giving up a top prospect, based on what I've been told. Twins asked a high price, too. Not sure why they'd go for Kepler. Berrios is appealing for obvious reasons. Peralta is interesting. I don't see those being the players that are the best fit for the Cardinals from the Royals. Minor and Duffy are more compelling, and seem like a more reasonable deal to discuss too. I get that you're looking for the leadoff hitter there. Just the price would be really high, regrettably high.
    You just mentioned in an answer that the modernized hitting approach is showing some signs of success in the minor leagues. I think we all can agree that there are many minor league hitters that were excited about because of the approach they’re being taught. So if we look at the approach being successful in the minors, and the struggling offense in the majors, the difference is Jeff Albert is directly relating that message and approach to the players in St. Louis but not directly to the minor leaguers. Wouldn’t it make sense then to move jeff Albert into an organizational hitting instructor role and find someone who could relay that message to the players more effectively? Have you heard any talk of that being discussed in the organization?
    Jeff Albert is in that role. It's discussed in the organization because that's already what is going on in the organization. The Cardinals believe it's effective because of the results they're seeing -- results you just mentioned. That's what maybe is missing from the Twitter conversation. He's overseeing the organization's approach to hitting. That's why he was hired. Your assertion that he's not "directly relating the message and approach to the players" is the same as I'm not directly relating the answer to you -- because I'm using a keyboard. He is directly, just not in person. Hitting coaches hired in the minors for their connection and relationship to him are in place. The hitting camps they ran this winter that Plummer and Perez and Gorman all pointed to as a big part of their turnarounds -- run by Albert. 
    Yes, there was consideration, as reported and discussed here at StlToday.com, of having Albert reassigned to that global role exclusively and hiring a hitting coach to work with him in the majors. The team opted not to do that this past winter. They stuck with him. 
    You think the Card's should keep Reyes as a starter or closer?
    Thanks for doing the chats and providing your insights. One thing I can't figure, though: how can you justify opposing a rule change abolishing or limiting shifts? As another beat writer covering another team wrote the other day, nobody comes to games to watch defensive shifts. And these aren't the shifts of yesteryear, where a few teams would shift against great hitters (e.g. Ted Williams). Teams now have reams of data on every hitter, and many of them -- such as the Giants -- shift from pitch to pitch. It is getting ridiculous, and the game is sufffering as a result.
    I don't have to agree with another writer, and clearly I don't: I actually do go to the games to watch strategy and to watch teams outsmart and outplay the other team, and I see shifts as part of that strategy. 
    If a boxer cannot defend his right cheek do you outlaw the left hook -- or say, dude, learn
    to protect your right cheek? Or your career will be short.
    So if a hitter cannot overcome the shift, we change the game for him?
    C'mon.
    That's against the spirit of baseball -- to eliminate an edge earned by intellect, savvy, and game IQ. Let's outlaw pickoff moves that are too deceptive. Let's outlaw backpicks. They're dishonest and mean to the runner. How dare you deceive that poor helpless athlete.
    Seriously. We're doing this?
    I remember when shifts were celebrated. They were called instincts. In St. Louis, Jose Oquendo was celebrated as a coach of infielders because he would direct traffic on the infield to position players for a better chance of making a play. This was lauded. How many times did you hear about David Eckstein positioning himself for a play because of the info he was given Oquendo and Dave Duncan, the latter of whom kept intricate charts by hand to help the infielders know where to position themselves for certain hitters. And that was less than FIFTEEN YEARS AGO! Shifts have been in play for baseball as long as there has been baseball and infielders who paid attention. The Cardinals were rightfully ridiculed for not shifting against Anthony Rizzo. They gave up an edge and paid for it. The Cardinals neutralized Ted Williams with the Boudreau shift and won a championship. Would give that one back?
    I go to the ballpark to see the game played well. Banning the shifts is limiting the game without improving it. Solve the real problem: Get more baseballs in play. More balls in play mean less predictability with those balls in play. The shift will adjust. The game will be better. And we won't have artificially eliminated an edge teams get with their smarts.
    I'd like to hear more about the Cardinals relying on "eye tests" and the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). Because I watch this analytically charged offense and they are plating 2 runs per night. Maybe it is time to simplify things?
    I wouldn't count on that. You'll be waiting awhile. The tech is out of the box.
    Next year. Who is the starting 3 outfielders, second and short?
    Time to look ahead to next year. This one is over.
    I don't know. What happens in the coming months will be telling.
    Overall MLB question, do you think that front offices and managers will ever allow pitchers to throw as many innings as they used to again? I understand the risk aversion piece of it, but how will they ever know if no one is willing to try it?
    I don't, no. There are many reasons why. Money is a driving factor, and that's hard to overcome.
    DG, have you heard any reports that show interest by the Cardinals in Minnesota's Michael Pineda? I believe he is only signed through this season. Berrios would obviously cost more in a trade. Thanks.
  • I know that the Cardinals have talked with the Twins about the available starting pitchers, or starting pitchers who may be available. Berrios is the one that had a high asking price, from what I was told by sources. Could not pin down what else was discussed in regards to Pineda. Given that the Cardinals -- and other teams -- make calls to ask about many players we can make an educated assertion that they asked about Pineda, too. I've tried to isolate on how the Cardinal see Maeda, Pineda, Berrios, and to a lesser extent Happ in terms of a trade, and what power ranking they would give. Initially, I thought it might be Pineda on top, if I'm being honest. That was incorrect according to one person I spoke to with knowledge of the Cardinals' perspective. That was where Berrios was mentioned.
  • Next year Flaherty, Hudson, Wainwright as the top 3 starting pitchers? I guess then Reyes until he gets hurt again? Then who? Kim stay? Miles you can not count on? Who will be the closer with Reyes as starter?
    Again, I don't know. And neither do the Cardinals. There's no guarantee that those are your top three either. Hudson is coming back from elbow surgery. Wainwright is not signed for 2022.
    I am giving (or gave) a showcase, will the Cardinals be in attendance and am I a real option? Also what happen to that Shelby Miller potential interest?
    They were in attendance to see Cole Hamels.
    The Pittsburgh Pirates outbid the Cardinals for Shelby Miller and had more opportunity for him to be a starter, given the Cardinals signed LeBlance just ahead of Miller making a choice.
    As the approach to offense continues to change, do you think that 3,000 hits will become more of a rarity than 500 homeruns?
    Yes. Hasn't it already?
    Who's that playing SS and what have you done with the real Paul DeJong?
    Paul DeJong is playing shortstop for the Cardinals.
    Do you agree with a lot of the fans that the Cardinals are boring to follow watch and will not contend for a world championship this year?
  • They are what their record says they are -- a mediocre team that struggles to score runs. They are not a championship team today, and that's not some big earthshaking pronouncement. They don't have the starting pitching to be a contender. If they were in first place and had the best record in the majors, there would still be a vocal section of the fanbase that is frustrated about something and certain that the Cardinals have failed them in some way. I'll put more stock in the standings than I will in the perpetually unsatisfied tweets.
  • Thoughts on Loki series?
    Quite strong. My son has rated it the best of the Disney+ series. He's the expert.
    How does Mozeliak actually go by, or even care for, the nickname "Mo"? It seems fans are pretty comfortable referring to him by that, but anyone, such as yourself, that actually interacts with him tend to strictly use his full name when referring to him. Is it just being respectful in professional environment, or is it known he doesn't like it?
    I never thought I'd have to answer this question. Mozeliak's name is John Mozeliak. He shares it with his father. When I met him almost 20 years ago and called him John, he replied: "John is my father. Please call me Mo." I have seen him introduce himself this way to approximately 83 different people who have called him John, and replies with the request to call him Mo. He has done that in front of fans during town hall-like meetings, and when we were invited to be a part of the Bloggers Night at the Ballpark he did it with that group of writers, too. It's his request.
    You've probably answered this in prior chats and articles, but do you think the FO feels any added pressure to improve this club this year with Arenado's looming opt-out decision? Especially considering Arenado mentioned last week the Cards would be buyers?
    No, I do not. They know the situation better than anyone.
    The Reds just designated Jose DeLeon for assignment. He use to be a top starting pitching prospect and is just 28. Yes he has control problems but maybe a new pitching coach could solve that? He is now 2 years out from TJ?
    Why not try to acquire him and send DeLeon to Memphis? Can't hurt can it?
    Thanks for answering my question. You made a great point that I hadn’t considered. That makes me very curious as to why the major league offense is struggling so much. In the past we could say they needed better players. But now they have two super stars, improved seasons from O’Neil and Bader (although they need to stay healthy), Molina’s overall numbers are about what they usually are even though he’s struggled lately, DeJong is starting to come around. I just can’t figure out why this team struggles to score runs.
    There are times when neither can they. One big reason this season is they lost what Shildt would call an anchor. They are a good OBP team. When they've struggled to hit for power, they were at least a good OBP team. They don't need to be great offensively to contend. They need to be average. But they need to get on base either way, and that was missing for a good stretch of this season, and is only now starting to come around.
    This year the outfield construction plan was to see what the Cardinals have, do you think that they have a good barometer of what they have finally? While there is a lot to like in their young outfielders, can they stick with them if other run producers continue to meddle?
    They will be the end of the this season and if they can stay healthy the Cardinals can no longer hide behind the explanation that they haven't had the group together. Either they'll know what they have, or they'll be at a point where they can no longer wait and wonder because injuries/ineffectiveness will keep it from happening.
    Joe Medwick is quite an omission. He is not only a Hall of Famer, but also the last National League player to win the Triple Crown. That was in 1937 -- .374 BA, 154 RBI, 31 home runs. And he led the league in hits (237), runs (111), doubles (56), and slugging (.641.). No surprise that he was the MVP.
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